ROCHELLE — The two-show Switchback Concert originally slated for Nov. 23 in Franklin Grove’s historic H.I. Lincoln Building will be rescheduled due to a broken leg injury suffered by key performer Brian Fitzgerald.
The H.I. Lincoln Building is currently closed and undergoing additional historic restoration to enhance the work started in 1995. Special preparations were being made to reopen the building for the Nov. 23 concert.
Fitzgerald, along with musical partner Marty McCormick expressed regret in the delay of the much anticipated show but promised a rousing performance when they return at the earliest possible date. Rescheduling is difficult due to their extensive international travel schedule which includes Italy, Scandinavia, U.K. (especially Ireland), and Costa Rico in their annual performances.
Along with this rescheduling of their 2019 Lincoln Building appearance, dates are being discussed for their 2020 schedule to include Franklin Grove. While it is unusual for popular musicians that regularly play to audiences measured in thousands, the Switchback/H.I. Lincoln connection goes back over a quarter of a century to their musical friendship with the late Jack Kelley.
Jack was an outstanding musician as well as a part of the restoration, begun in 1995 that saved the historic Lincoln Building. It was only natural that the combination of music, historic preservation, and friendship with Switchback would put Franklin Grove on the group’s international touring line-up.
Watch this publication for news on the rescheduled date.